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kathymalaspina 06-22-2012 08:55 PM

Community Tank
 
Just set up a 30 gallon...need some ideas for a good mix for a community tank. Any suggestions....:-D

dlambert 06-23-2012 01:01 AM

exciting! do you want an active tank or a mellow tank? you're water could be factor in determining which fish would be happy and healthy too. but without knowing anything, i would suggest some type of bristlenose pleco as they are industrious algae cleaners and wont out grow the tank (and they are fun to watch).. i think a more solid approach would be to go to your LFS and fishhunt and then post a list of potential occupants that you are in like with, and your water parameters, and then everyone could let you know where/if you might have problems :) is your tank going to be planted? if you're not sure i would recommend it.. plants make the tank seem more complete imo and several require little additional maintance or care.

Tigris 06-23-2012 01:05 AM

Water parameters first...

Ph, kH, gH?
Also is your tank fully cycled?

kathymalaspina 06-23-2012 06:19 AM

Thanks
 
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Originally Posted by dlambert (Post 1126673)
exciting! do you want an active tank or a mellow tank? you're water could be factor in determining which fish would be happy and healthy too. but without knowing anything, i would suggest some type of bristlenose pleco as they are industrious algae cleaners and wont out grow the tank (and they are fun to watch).. i think a more solid approach would be to go to your LFS and fishhunt and then post a list of potential occupants that you are in like with, and your water parameters, and then everyone could let you know where/if you might have problems :) is your tank going to be planted? if you're not sure i would recommend it.. plants make the tank seem more complete imo and several require little additional maintance or care.

Hello..I think I want a MELLOW tank....lol. yes I am putting in REAL plants.Got some yesterday. Will check the water today and will post.

kathymalaspina 06-23-2012 06:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1126678)
Water parameters first...

Ph, kH, gH?
Also is your tank fully cycled?

Will check the water today and post. How long do you suggest before adding fish? Bought a marineland 350 yesterday and got it running. Love the bio wheels..Tank is crystal clear..have about 5 live plants...want to add more.Do you reccomend snails...I know once they start laying eggs....look out...I but I always liked watching them. lol Appreciate the feedback.:-D

Varkolak 06-23-2012 06:38 AM

I'm in love with my golden honey gourami, If you can find them where you live I highly recommend them for a mellow community tank, throw some life plants in and they are as happy as can be - mine started spawning less then a week after I got them. They havent tried to eat any of my shrimp so your open for some ghost or cherrys, my rasboras do well with them and I'm still ironing out other fish but the sky is the limit as long as you stick with other mellow fish

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dlambert 06-23-2012 09:22 AM

is it cycled or just been running for a little bit? if not could be a few weeks before you should start adding fish

kathymalaspina 06-23-2012 10:24 AM

Thanks I will check those out.....yep planting live plants. Hope they grow..

kathymalaspina 06-23-2012 10:25 AM

New Tank
 
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Originally Posted by dlambert (Post 1126864)
is it cycled or just been running for a little bit? if not could be a few weeks before you should start adding fish


Hi its been running about 5 days...Not in a hurry to put in any fish. I want the conditions to be RIGHT...what do you suggest..3 weeks??????

taylor13 06-23-2012 11:06 AM

You need to put a few fish in now. Unless your doing a fishless cycle. But if not get a few hardy fish. Maby 3 or 4. Then you need to do small water changes every few days. Until the amonia, nitrite, and nitrate read 0. After they read 0 give the tank a couple days to stabilize. Then you can slowly add the fish you want. Oh and i recoment a schoool of tetra not the little ones, but some like black shirt tetra. They go well with a mellow tank.
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